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on the broadcast tonight. applying the pressure. we're waiting for a vote tonight in the debt debate that's angered so many americans. and will it fix anything? also more of our exclusive behind the scenes access with the power players in congress. close call. an angry soldier goes awol and is now accused of trying to stage an attack at a u.s. army base. tonight police are crediting a guy that had a gut feeling that led to the arrest. feeding the hungry, the food is there, but the problem is getting it to those who need it in an extraordinary humanitarian crisis. and life in a day. an extraordinary video project gives us a time capsule of our lives. also tonight, a change is coming for tylenol. "nightly news" begins now.
captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening. well, we'll save you some of the drama and begin with the bottom line. there may be a vote in the house of representatives tonight as part of the effort to fix the debt ceiling. but it probably won't fix anything, if anything, it may prove that the speaker of the house has the votes to deliver his own party. insiders are telling nbc news it may still be days yet until this titanic struggle is over until some sort of solution is reached in what has become such an ugly partisan battle to stop what most fear would be an economic disaster. and none of what's happening in d.c. tonight is doing anything to lessen the anger across the country. to help us lay out what's happening in washington at this hour, we begin once again tonight with nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill. kelly, can we call these show votes tonight? because they're really not going
to result in a solution right yet? >> reporter: well, they're certainly very important to get on the record, and speaker boehner is having a tough time now. we expect within 15 minutes of the scheduled time of the vote it would go forward, but republican leadership abruptly pulled it back, switched to the business of naming post offices. they don't have the votes. some of the republican members who were publicly on record as a no were called to the speaker's office. do you have the votes? >> reporter: the house speaker's job is not chief vote counter. but today john boehner led a private and public get out the vote measure. >> let's end this crisis. >> reporter: boehner met one-on-one with undecided republicans. while nancy pelosi campaigned to keep democrats from making the difference. >> i feel confident if they're going to have 217 votes, whatever it is, they're going to have to be republican votes.
>> reporter: one of those republicans turned out to be mike pence. >> i announced this morning that i would support the boehner planning and i believe it's an opportunity -- i think we have an opportunity today to make progress on fiscal discipline. >> reporter: boehner's plan would cut spending $917 billion over ten years and raise the country's debt ceiling in two installme installments, that would mean another debt limit vote within months. some republican freshman from the tea party class switched from uneasy to on board. >> is this as big as we wanted to go? heck no. we wanted to go bigger. we ran on going bigger. this is the only proposal on the table that accomplishes the goals we set out to do. >> reporter: arm twisting failed to persuade some conservatives. >> i know there are people in my party that want to keep beating up on me, because i can't vote for a bill that only cuts $1 trillion. >> reporter: ready to blunt any
perceived boehner momentum, senate democrats came out hours early to declare that option dead. >> it will be defeated. they know that, the american people now should understand that clearly. >> reporter: what we know at this point, speaker boehner seems to be a handful of votes short. one of the men just came out of the speaker's office says he's still a no, no matter how bruised and bloodied he was after the meeting. several who made that visit to the principal's office are still a no. only a couple of them wouldn't tell us where they are right now. >> kelly, we're going to ask you to stay where you are while we bring in chuck todd to the conversation. chuck, you were given indications we may be talking days at this point? >> reporter: that's right, regardless of what happens, what's going on now is a game of leverage. if the boehner bill gets through the house, republicans have the leverage to control the final part of the negotiations.
senator mcconnell the republican minority leader has guaranteed that, he has boehner's back on this, and will work hard to try to jam this through as long as possible and stretch out the senate debate. if it doesn't, all the leverage shifts to harry reid and the democrats and the white house. when you step back, they're not that far apart from getting some deal. the sticking point is still this idea of having another debt ceiling vote. if they can figure out a way to get that part of this, you'll have a whole bunch of democrats helping speaker boehner getting a version of this plan through. as long as that second ask on the debt ceiling is there, democrats are hardening in their position on this as well. >> let's take chuck's point, let's step back away from all of this. do they have the votes? then it goes to the senate, where it's planned to die. is there a reflection? is there an acknowledgement on the hill of the anger from coast to coast in this country over what's going on and how it
looks? >> reporter: oh, very definitely. a lot of members are saying to us, those who want to see this resolved quickly, and utter frustration that they think some just don't get it. among those strident nos, they are telling us they believe they were sent here with a message, and who cares what the establishment says, they want to stick to their guns and that's where the danger is. there isn't the old kind of method where leadership could knock some heads and get people to fall in line so easily. that's the real dynamic of stress that's putting speaker boehner in a hot seat and may cause leader reid some tough times too. >> reporter: if this fails in the house, you may see a deal come together faster. >> all right. you washington types -- kelly o'donnell and chuck todd, two different spots across town in washington tonight with the latest. we are just back from washington where we spent yesterday on capitol hill, all
over capitol hill in fact. nbc news cameras were given special access for a special broadcast this sunday night. we talked to nearly every member of the leadership including the gop leader in the senate, senator mitch mcconnell of kentucky. and i asked him about a hot topic, no tax increase in any of these plans being discussed. >> why shouldn't rich folks pay more? >> they do. they pay an extraordinary amount more, about half of americans don't pay any income taxes at all. that isn't a sticking point. the president in signing a continuation of the current tax rates back in december made the argument that republicans had made, which is the raising taxes in the middle of a recession is not a good idea. i don't know that anybody thinks the economy's in better shape now than it was six months ago. all of those issues are being discussed in conjunction with how we put together a package here that will actually begin to
get us to head in a different direction. >> mitch mcconnell on what has become a big charge from the left that any of these debt ceiling deals, the poor are likely to get hit while the rich are likely to get a pass. we will have more from him, from all the players in this, in our prime time special, "taking the hill inside congress" that's sunday night, 7:00, 6:00 central. now, to a developing story about a u.s. army soldier under arrest tonight accused of plotting to attack fellow service members outside ft. hood in texas. the same army post that was the scene of that awful attack back in 2009. this time disaster was averted, the fbi says, because a man saw something and said something. we get details tonight from our justice correspondent pete williams in washington. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, law enforcement officials say an army private who wanted out of
the service because he's a muslim plotted this attack, said he wanted to get even with the military for the fighting in iraq and afghanistan. investigators say his targets were fellow soldiers at ft. hood, texas police revealed today they arrested nasr jason abdu yesterday. in his room, atf agents found enough explosives to make at least two timebombs. >> i can tell you that we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped. >> reporter: in fact, he planned to set off bombs today, just outside the army post. it was a tip from the owner of this gun store that led to his arrest. they believe abdu was acting suspiciously, asking too many questions. the same store where army major hassan bought the gun in the 2009 shootings at ft. hood. last year while stationed in
kentucky, he asked to be considered a conscientious objector. >> if you're going to be in the army, use this army regulation, because that's what it's here for. >> reporter: that was put on hold after child porn was found on his computer. no lawyer yet for abdu. we turn to libya, where we learn that the rebel's military commander was killed today, just hours after being arrested by the rebel counsel. they suspected him of being a double agent with ties to the gadhafi regime. it's not clear tonight who is responsible for the killing, but rebel security forces say they have a suspect under arrest. meanwhile, of course, the fight goes on, every day, every hour. and our own mike taibbi is with rebel forces in the mountains outside tripoli, in the town of nalut. a place they've controlled almost from the start of the conflict five months back. the rebels have larged a new
assault on gadhafi forces just today. >> reporter: we saw rocket after rocket fired by rebel fighters from mountain top positions to the valley blow. the plan was to clear gadhafi forces from two valley towns where they were stubbornly dug in. they threatened to take the nearby border crossing with tunisia. if the rebels were to lose that crossing, a run to tripoli would be an impossibility. the rebels pounded their targets for hours. at this range it's an artillery war. these are soviet made rockets seized from gadhafi forces now aimed right back at those same forces. the rebels cheered each on target hit. some were reluctant to show their faces with gadhafi forces hardly van wished. >> do you know if they've retreated yet? >> i think they're still there,
hiding in house and farms. >> reporter: the heavy artillery barrage did the job. dozens of these rockets and additional shelling by these seized gadhafi army tanks. the rebels have better weapons, including gadhafi's own, and better command and control. and by midday, they heard their ground forces had taken the first town and soon the second. they had suffered losses, these medics handled one casualty. >> how did the man die, was it a mine? was he shot? what happened? >> reporter: and the hospital treated the wounded from both sides. >> translator: i was surprised gadhafi's men put up so little resistance, this rebel fighter told us. this wasn't the taking of tripoli, only an essential operation to protect key ground won months ago. a victory, but not the victory. mike taibbi are nbc news, libya. in this country we have a tropical storm coming to the
texas coast, churning across the gulf of mexico tonight. it's not a big storm, and it lost some of its steam today. it's headed for landfall tomorrow night. the storm named don will come ashore as a tropical storm not a hurricane. whatever rain it brings may actually be welcomed in drought-parched parts of texas. there's a big change coming to tylenol. too much of it can damage the liver. and it's often easy to get too much of it if you take multiple medicines that contain acetaminoph acetaminophen. to reduce the risk of accidental overdoses, johnson & johnson is lowering the maximum dose of extra strength tylenol from eight a day down to six. you will see new directions on the bottle starting if the fall. beginning next year, the maximum daily dose of regular strength tylenol will also be lowered. so this is a big change for something a lot of people take
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another heavy toll today. not just here at the giant refugee camp, but among soldiers across the boarder in somalia trying to secure a safe route for aide workers. a sign of the danger facing those trying to help the desperate. five brothers and sisters, together yet very alone, with a father feared dead and a mother they'll probably never see again. she sent them from somalia to kenya to seek refuge. knowing had they stayed, things might have been much worse. across the border in somalia, help is finally getting in. aide likes were received with gratitude. >> there's quite a lot -- a total of 100 tons of this special ready to use food. 80 of it for mogudishu. >> reporter: that's not nearly
enough. today al shabab has blocked foreign help from getting to the neediest areas. six people were killed in a gun battle. and so the exodus continues. many heading toward kenya, walking by day, sleeping in the bushes by night. facing death or attack. at the border crossing, a somali police commander says he's doing his best to provide security. but he wishes he could provide food. this is the border between kenya and somalia, the kenyan forces over here, and the somalian forces in this direction. refugees are flowing across the border with dadab just 60 miles over here. the problem is getting aide further in this direction across the border. at the refugee camp, the suffering grows. but for many of the sickest victims, treacherous journeys from distant homes, where there
is no water and little food might have saved their lives. tonight the somali government accused the united nations of not doing enough to distribute food aide. the u.n. responded by saying it's doing everything it can. >> rohik, thank you for your reporting. up next, we'll take you to a hollywood movie premiere that ended up looking like the filming of an action movie itself. and not in a good way last night. [ male announcer ] it's a fact: your nutritional needs can go up when you're on the road to recovery. proper nutrition can help you get back on your feet. three out of four doctors recommend the ensure brand for extra nutrition. ensure clinical strength has revigor and thirteen grams of protein to protect, preserve, and promote muscle health. and immune balance to help support your immune system.
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as marra schiavocampo tells us it ended up as a beautiful moving portrait of all of us. >> reporter: a world of stories is unfolding. for many, just another day is daunting. for others, it's their very first day. or the beginning of a new life. it's all part of the groundbreaking new documentary life in a day. every moment was shot by ordinary people who are in the movie. partnering with youtube. filmmakers asked people all over the world to shoot a slice of their life on july 24th, 2010 and submit it online. they also sent cameras to some of the most remote places on earth. video poured in from practically every country in the world and every continent. >> the plan was to have no plan in a way. try to find some way to let the
material be what it wants to be. >> you get a sort of honesty from this footage that is also very moving. >> reporter: 350 contributors made the cut, including bob and kathy. >> we're documenting everything. >> reporter: shooting day just happened to be when kathy came home after having a double mastectomy, beginning her recovery from breast cancer. >> it's been very healing for me. we look back to that day and see how far we've come as a family. >> reporter: the film provides an intimate look at individual lives. >> who do you love? >> my silly boys. >> any kind of monster. >> dogs. >> growing up. >> it scares me more than anything. >> reporter: it says far more about the shared human spirit. >> it just felt like, sort of one soul, but inhabited by so many different bodies. >> we're usually told that our cultures are so different. but beneath the culture is